With the hot summer weather still in full swing, there’s a lot of talk about how important it is to use sunscreen every day. Natural sunscreen, however, has somewhat a lousy reputation. Mostly, it’s for a messy and white cast application due to its mineral filters, like zinc oxide. After 6 years of trying different mineral sunscreens, believe me, I know how it feels to look like a white walker during your holiday after you’ve just sun-proofed yourself. But nowadays there are plenty of natural sunscreens with mineral filters that applies nicely to the skin. As a bonus, they contain organic ingredients added to soothe and moisturize your skin during and after sun exposure. There are two that I’ve been using this summer:
Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Mineral Sunscreen with SPF30 170g / $17.99
This is my first time when I’m using a sunscreen spray. I’ve seen sunscreen sprays before at the stores, but these were either made with undesirable ingredients or were crazy expensive. Then I came around Goddess Garden and for the sake of curiosity decided to try. It’s awesome! First of all, it’s so easy to apply. You just shake well and spray the sunscreen on the skin. It gets absorbed instantly and does not leave a white cast that I was so afraid of. The best part is that it’s unscented. I don’t know about you, but a strong, overpowering scent is not something I like to endure on a hot day.
The sunscreen is water-resistant and needs to be reapplied every 80 minutes or after you use a towel or if it gets rubbed off your skin in any way. Because my skin is pale, I can get a sunburn in minutes, so I don’t stick with the 80-minute rule and reapply it more often. Especially, the areas where I tend to sweat more, like my forehead. So far it worked great!
My only complaint is that it’s not travel-friendly because it exceeds the 3.4oz limit allowed in a carry-on.
Juice Beauty Sport Sunscreen with SPF30 90ml / $16
Another excellent sunscreen I’m currently using is this Juice Beauty Sport sunscreen. This one actually has more zinc oxide in it (20%) than the Goddess Garden sunscreen, so it supposedly is stronger. Or not, I don’t really know how that works. I was a bit worried that it would apply white since it contains more zinc oxide, but it had so many good reviews online, so I decided to risk it. To my surprise, it applies as clear as clear can be. The consistency is pretty thick though, yet isn’t moisturizing. It does apply matte and nonsticky, which is great. This sunscreen is also water-proof with reapplication every 80 minutes or after tower-dry. Yet again, I reapply it more often.
The part that I’m not very excited about is its herbal scent, which is pretty strong. It subsides after a while and becomes almost undetectable on the skin, but I still wish it would be completely unscented. The tube is 90ml, which is below the TSA approved limit for carry-on. Though, it would be lovely that the tube itself wouldn’t be so big and bulky.
What is your favorite mineral sunscreen?